Backup solution for Citrix Xen Hypervisor

Organisations are adopting virtualization and are increasingly migrating to Virtual data center. Xen Hypervisor is an open source virtual platform provided by Citrix to integrate, manage and automate a virtual datacenter. Xen hypervisor is used to virtualize operating systems like Windows, Linux and Solaris. To alleviate the risks around the virtual machines (VM) running on the Xen hypervisor, it is required to have a backup and disaster recovery solution. Vembu provides VM-level and Guest level backups to protect the VM’s running in the Xen Hypervisor environment.

Citrix Xen Hypervisor

VM-level Backup Solution

Vembu offers ImageBackup agent for the Windows VMs running on Xen Hypervisor and the agent needs to be installed on each VM to backup the entire VM including OS, application and data.
Full VM Backup – Backs up the entire virtual machine which includes operating system, applications and data in it.
Changed Block Tracking (CBT) -Vembu uses proprietary CBT Driver to track the changed blocks since the previous full backup.
Automated Backup Verification – The backed up VMs will be automatically booted and the screenshot of the boot screen will be captured and emailed to the administrator.
Retention Policies – Basic and Advanced (GFS) retention policies help to merge the multiple recovery points and reduces the time taken to restore the backed up VMs.
Application-aware VM Backups – Uses application specific VSS writers to take consistent snapshots during the backup of highly transactional applications (Microsoft Exchange, SQL, SharePoint and Active Directory) and the log files can be truncated at the end of backup.
Offsite Backup Copy – A redundant copy of the backed up data in the BDR server can be replicated to users own data center or to the Vembu cloud for disaster recovery purpose.
Instant Boot VM – Restore the backed up physical or virtual machines instantly on VMware, Hyper-V or KVM
File Level Recovery – Individual files can be restored from the backed up VM without restoring the entire data
Full VM Recovery – Recover the backed up Virtual Machines permanently to the same or different hypervisor.
Vembu Universal Recovery – Instantly restores individual Microsoft Application Items such as Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint and Active Directory.
VM Migration (P2V and V2V) – Vembu helps to migrate the VMs from other hypervisors to VMware, Hyper-V or KVM and vice versa

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Guest-level Backup Solution

Vembu offers a NetworkBackup agent to backup individual files, folders and applications from Windows, Linux and Mac VMs.
File-level Backup – Supports file backup on all flavors of Windows, Linux and Mac machines. Also, supports preconfigured folders, such as My Documents, My Photos, Desktop, Browsers, etc.
Microsoft Exchange Server Backup – Supports backup of Microsoft Exchange servers using Exchange Server Plugin. The Microsoft Exchange Server Plugin backup uses the VSS API [Volume Shadow Copy Services] for all Microsoft Exchange Server versions. Vembu allows direct upload without having the need to dumping the data locally.
Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Backup – Vembu Exchange Mailbox Plugin backs up the user’s mailboxes. It can perform backups at a folder level. You can backup all the data of a particular user (mailbox) or just a folder (like for example the inbox of a user) or a sub-folder (like for example, a sub-folder in the inbox).
Microsoft SharePoint Backup – Vembu provides the site-collection level backup of Microsoft SharePoint Servers. Vembu uses internal SharePoint dump utility to dump the SharePoint site-collection(s) and then uploads the locally dumped file(s) to the BDR backup server.
Microsoft SQL Server Backup – Vembu SQL Server backup is a flexible and an efficient option to backup Microsoft SQL servers. Vembu uses VDI API to backup database(s) and then uploads the locally dumped file to the BDR backup server.
Microsoft Outlook Backup – Vembu backups the emails configured in the Outlook profile. All the emails and rules at folder level are backed up to the BDR backup server.
MySQL Database Backups – Vembu supports backup of MySQL database(s) from Windows and Linux machines.

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